Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola keen on signing this Real Madrid star next summer

Toni Kroos Real Madrid
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is desperate to sign Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos as a free agent next summer, according to El Nacional via Daily Mail.

The German midfielder, 32, continues to delay signing a renewal at the Bernabeu and in January he will be able to negotiate a pre-contract deal with clubs abroad.

Kroos has spent eight years at Real Madrid since joining from Bayern Munich, winning four Champions Leagues and three LaLiga titles.

The report adds that the World Cup winner has received ‘other very tempting calls’, but Real Madrid are confident that he will stay at the Bernabeu. 

Guardiola managed Kroos at Bayern Munich for one before the midfielder left for Real Madrid for £21.5million in 2014. Guardiola reportedly remains a huge fan of the midfielder.

In the 2019 docufilm Kroos, Guardiola said: “I think he’s a competitive animal, Toni. What has most impressed me about Toni as a footballer, as a player, is that he is always there. Always.

“He likes to play football and it doesn’t matter where – the Champions League final or the first round of the cup. In Germany or Spain. He likes to play all of the time.

“He is a player with impressive effectiveness. You can count on him 60 games in one season. These are the physically strong ones. He is never injured. He plays in heat, in cold, in rain, in wind. In all circumstances he is always available.”